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  1. Health care costs of obesity in New Zealand.

    Article - En anglais


    To estimate the costs of health care that are attributable to obesity in New Zealand.


    The 1991 health care costs of non-insulin dependent diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, gallstone disease, post-menopausal breast cancer and colon cancer were estimated and multiplied by the population attributable factor for obesity for each condition.

    The relative risk estimates were taken from the literature, the obesity prevalence from a 1990 New Zealand survey, and the costs and volumes of services were taken from a variety of sources and covered hospital (inpatient and outpatient) services, general practitioner consultations, pharmaceuticals, laboratory tests and ambulance services.

    Calculations were conservative and net of goods and services tax.


    A conservative estimate of the health care costs attributable to obesity for the six conditions was NZ$135 million.

    This represents about 2.5% of total health care costs which is similar to analyses from other countries.


    The health care costs of obesity as estimated are considerable.

    However, the total cost of overfatness to the New Zealand population is far greater than this because lesser degrees of overfatness, the health care costs of other obesity-related conditions such as arthritis, the costs to individuals of weight-loss programs and the indirect and intangible costs were not included in the analysis. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Obésité, Evaluation, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Homme, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie, Etat nutritionnel, Trouble nutrition

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obesity, Evaluation, Cost analysis, Health economy, Human, New Zealand, Oceania, Nutritional status, Nutrition disorder

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0517727

    Code Inist : 002B22B. Création : 13/02/1998.